Tag Archives: ONC

Blumenthal Unveils Final Step in Overhauled EHR Certification Process

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT has put the finishing touches on creating a permanent health IT certification program. Going forward, “meaningful use” of electronic health records technology will be a “core requirement” for healthcare providers in order to qualify for Medicare and Medicaid incentives, according to …

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HHS Remains Vigilant on Health IT Security

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT has rolled out an 18-month, multimillion dollar effort to strengthen security and cybersecurity efforts within health IT following the passing of the HITECH Act. According to statement released yesterday by the Department of Health and Human Services, ONC has requested the …

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ONC Now Accepting EHR Certification Applications

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT has begun accepting applications from organizations that wish to be temporarily certified for using electronic health record systems. The certification deems the healthcare providers eligible for federal funding as long as their EHR use falls under the meaningful use requirements, a …

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Health Data Exchange Development to Begin This Summer

By early July, the Office of the National Coordinator will announce the winners of 11 contracts for developing a health information exchange framework based on a model originated by federal homeland security agencies for sharing sensitive information online, Government Health IT reports. The National Information Exchange Model is a technical …

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ONC Awards Second Round of Beacon Awards

Earlier this month, the Office of National Coordinator for Health Information Technology announced it had awarded $220 million to 15 Beacon Communities across the nation to demonstrate a future where hospitals, clinicians and patients use health IT in different ways to strengthen healthcare delivery within their communities and achieve measurable …

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Blumenthal Focuses on Health IT Reform

National Health IT Coordinator Dr. David Blumenthal last week asked his advisers to come up with a solution on how to streamline federal and state systems for enrolling people applying for health insurance benefits under the law. Government HealthIT reports that Blumenthal asked members of the Standards Committee to start …

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